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Hesperocyon Gregarius Fossil Skull by CatBonesTaxidermy Hesperocyon Gregarius Fossil Skull by CatBonesTaxidermy
This is easily my favorite skull in my collection. Not is it only from an extinct dog-like predator, but it has fossilized brain material preserved which is very rare. It's a small skull but in extremely good condition.

Late Eocene - Early Oligocene, Brule Formation, South Dakota, 35 Million years old. An extremely rare and well-preserved fossil of the Hesperocyon Gregarius, an early dog that roamed the plains of North America. Brain and teeth are extremely well preserved. 3-3/4" x 2" x 2-1/4"

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:icondark-kadabra:
Dark-Kadabra Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How much do you know about fossils?
I need someone who knows a for a group I'm making
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Sylvanimus Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks different than the hesperocyon skulls I've seen...
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LEXLOTHOR Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I have prepared a couple of Hesperocyon skulls. I have to tell you that this specimen has not been restored as it has been entirely rebuilt. The rostrum is completely missing. Everything above the palate has been fabricated abnd the zygomatic arches are entirely bogus. The canines are disproportionately large and they appear to be fabricated. A complete hesperocyon skull looks nothing like this. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Caveat emptor.
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FrostDrake Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015   Traditional Artist
Ditto - I'm working on one right now.  Sad to say, this is heavily sculpted.
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ArtistStallion Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i s2g im gonna find you and i am gonna move in to your house
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RaptorFeather Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
OMFG THIS IS SO COOL!!! You have EPIC stuff *_*
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leopardluver11 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Can I ask how much you got it for
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CatBonesTaxidermy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
About $1,000 which is a steal considering it is worth over 6x that amount
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Very very nice!  What a score.
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nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
What happened to its nasal cavity? 80
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CatBonesTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I'm pretty sure it got crunched during fossilization. They normally do have nasal cavities lol.
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JaggedBobcatBones Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow, a real fossilized skull ? how did you get it? dem teeth
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CatBonesTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Local auction =] it was going for more but when it didn't sell I contacted the auction house and got it for less. I love the teeth!
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JaggedBobcatBones Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow, i'm surprised it didn't sell. it is really cool, your lucky :)
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:iconcatbonestaxidermy:
CatBonesTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Yeah I had my fingers crossed... it was an antique auction so not many fossil hunters there I suppose
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:iconjaggedbobcatbones:
JaggedBobcatBones Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
guess not. how much would something like this cost?
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:iconcatbonestaxidermy:
CatBonesTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
it's estimated worth was up to $6k, but I didnt pay anywhere near that =D
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JaggedBobcatBones Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:O erm haha guess i wont be getting one then
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CatBonesTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Yeah they are pricy. I am lucky enough to have a full time job now that pays well enough to allow myself an occasional splurge.
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a doozy!
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CatBonesTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I'm so glad it didn't sell during the auction. They wanted more for it than I could afford so I contacted them when nobody bid on it.
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's an awesome find! And definitely the centerpiece of any collection!
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Tirramirr Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh may how handsome! =D
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CatBonesTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Thank you! I couldn't resist with the fossilized brain and all =D
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Tirramirr Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed! It's like super cool with the brain! =D
May I ask how much it cost you? ^^ (would be fun to know how much fossilized things go for)
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Sambhur Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my god that is the coolest thing oh ym god.
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CatBonesTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Thank youuuu! I hope to add more fossils soon
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Tricksters-Taxidermy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
very cool!! where they also called "Bear Dogs"?
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CatBonesTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Amphicyon were called bear dogs but this guy is a smaller relative =]
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Myskullcabinet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! That's an awesome skull! :o
It must have cost a fortune!
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CatBonesTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
It is one of the more expensive pieces (about the same as the tiger and cheetah pelts), but I could not resist. Had it not had fossilized brain material in such perfect condition, I might have been able to resist!
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whenwolveshowl Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
that is a neato skull
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:iconcatbonestaxidermy:
CatBonesTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Thank you! I am very happy with it. My first fossil skull! Whoo!
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TaxiderMegsan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
This is Really neat ^__^.
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CatBonesTaxidermy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thank you! There are not many fossils in my collection *yet*
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:icontaxidermegsan:
TaxiderMegsan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
You're welcome ^__^. hehehe Collections grow :heart:
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